All four of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, and Real Sociedad made it to the round of 16 in the Champions League on Wednesday, with two games to spare.
Along with holders Manchester City and RB Leipzig, who both made it through on Tuesday, they are now in the knockout game.
Real Madrid beat Braga 3-0 to keep their perfect record in the Champions League and move on to the round of 16. They have won the tournament a record 14 times.
The Spanish giants beat their opponents in Group C thanks to goals from Brahim Diaz, Vinicius Junior, and Rodrygo Goes. They did this even though their top scorer, Jude Bellingham, was out for the day.
People have said that Brazilian wingers Vinicius and Rodrygo haven’t scored many goals this season, but after Diaz scored the first goal, both of them scored classy goals to help their team advance.
Madrid is in first place in the group with 12 points, four wins from four games. Napoli is in second place with 7 points after a 1-1 draw with Union Berlin, the bottom team.
He told Movistar, “I’m very happy; it was a perfect game. Three goals, and we didn’t let any in.”
“I am very happy for my goal, my assist, the win and qualification, which is the most important thing.”
Kepa Arrizabalaga, the custodian for Real Madrid, got hurt in the warm-up, so Andriy Lunin filled in for him.
The Ukrainian had to move right away, diving to his right to block Alvaro Djalo’s penalty in the sixth minute.
Cristian Borja was brought down by Lucas Vazquez in the area, but Portugal couldn’t score from the penalty spot.
Kane scored twice for Bayern
Harry Kane scored two goals in the last ten minutes to help Bayern Munich beat Galatasaray 2-1 and move on to the next round of the Champions League.
Bayern had won their last 16 Champions League group stage games in a row, but with ten minutes left, the streak looked like it was coming to an end.
Kane, on the other hand, had other thoughts. He headed in a free kick from Joshua Kimmich to put his team ahead.
The goal went through two offside checks, but Kane wasn’t done yet. He scored again with four minutes left to seal the win and bring his total to an amazing 19 in 15 in all competitions since joining from Tottenham in the summer.
The visitors had a chance when Cedric Bakambu scored in the last minute of extra time, but Bayern hung on to win by one goal.
Galatasaray fought hard at home, and Bayern’s 3-1 win was not nearly as convincing as the result suggested. They lost again, but they can still make it through the group with two games to go.
After the away match, Kane told DAZN, “We thought it would be tough, but I thought we played better.”
“We improved in the second half… overall we deserved to win and I’m happy we qualified.”
Late in the first half, Bayern lost Jamal Musiala. The German forward signalled to the bench and then limped off the pitch while holding his thigh.
Kane stated, “unfortunately Jamal came off injured, hopefully it’s not too bad.”
Martinez keeps doing great things.
Lautaro Martinez scored the only goal in Inter Milan’s 1-0 win at Salzburg, sending them to the round of 16 in the Champions League. He is still hitting goals like crazy.
With four minutes left, Argentine forward Martinez confidently scored from the penalty spot at the Stadion Salzburg to send his team to the next round of Europe’s best club event.
The team led by Simone Inzaghi is in second place in Group D. Salzburg is in third place, seven points behind, but they still have two games to play.
Real Sociedad is in first place in Group D with 10 points, tied with Inter for second place. Real Sociedad beat Benfica 3-1 in the other group match earlier on Wednesday, securing a top-two finish with Inter’s win.
Now Inter will play Real Sociedad for first place and, if all goes well, a better matchup in the next round.
“I’m very happy because we have a very difficult group but we did what we needed to do and we got through to the next round,” Martinez told Amazon Prime.
“We’ve still got two games to play to see if we can win the whole thing.”
“I’m pleased with the way this team has developed, we’ve become a much more mature side in these sorts of matches.”
Martinez has 14 goals in all games this season, and his goal was crucial for Inter again. Inter is currently in first place in Serie A, and they look like they’ll go all the way to the Champions League final again this year after losing the last one.